Record Store Day 2014: From Singapore to Nirvana

The buzz about this year’s Record Store Day has been simmering for months. Everyone wants to jump on the reissue bandwagon, and they should, for good reason: Vinyl continues its upward climb after its heyday up to the early 80s. It never really went away; a new generation continues to clue in to its value–  its pristine sound quality and an intangibility that mp3s only wish they had. Plus, the fact that we can finally get Nirvana’s 7″ single of “Pennyroyal Tea/I Hate Myself and Want to Die”— which never made it off the ground in 1994 due to Kurt Cobain’s death—- is reason enough to pay attention to this holiday.

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The Record Store Day list was released Thursday and you’ll need at least two weeks to go through it all. More blog posts to come. Priorities: Figure out now what you want, and out how much money is left in your bank account to pay for all of it.

Among the tasty gifts this year– releases from David Bowie, LCD Soundsystem, Foals, Cults, Chvrches, Coldplay, Cure + Dino Jr., Veruca Salt, Cut Copy, Cage the Elephant, Velvet Underground, Death Cab for Cutie, DEVO, Haim……. The list is laden– everything from the Everly Brothers to Genesis to the Doors to Dolly Parton. Piles and piles of artist compilations, live concerts and re-releases.

Some highlights:

• The seminal band Joy Division will release their debut album “An Ideal for Living.” The 1978 album, remastered at Abbey Road Studios, will drop via Rhino Records April 19.

• Devo is planning a triple threat: “Live at Max’s Kansas City” from Nov. 15, 1977 on 12″ vinyl, Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig on DVD, and Devo partnering with the Flaming Lips.

• The ever-influential Mudhoney will reissue “On Top” on vinyl through Sub Pop. Also, the Sonics will partner with Mudhoney for a 7″ release for “Bad Bettie/I Like It Small” on Muddy Roots.

• Oasis, best friends always, will offer a 12″ of “Supersonic” on Big Brother Records.

• For the lighter-80s alterna-set: Tears for Fears- “Ready Boys and Girls” on TAO.

• Type O Negative will offer “Slow, Deep and Hard” on Metal Blade.

• Green Day plans to cover three platforms: cassette, vinyl and CD. Other punk gems to come: The Ramones- “Meltdown with the Ramones”- on vinyl through Rhino, and “Pissed Jeans: The Very Best of Sub Pop” will be out on 10-inch vinyl.

• It’s official: The weirdest submission on the Record Store Day list: “Pop Yeh Yeh: Psychedelic Rock from Singapore and Malaysia 1964-1970.”

• Just. Stop. Rockabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of David Bowie.

Sub Pop helps you narrow it all down here. Or just visit www.recordstoreday.com. Now.

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